SPECS delivers one of the retail industry's longest-running and most impactful events, covering the full gamut of the physical space. SPECS focuses on what is next, and what is shaping the future of retail.
Exclusively produced by Chain Store Age, SPECS brings together the nation's top retailers and top suppliers to learn, share ideas, develop business partnerships and solve problems. At SPECS, retailers involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of stores and restaurants come to grapple with the challenges facing their brands, their buildings and their businesses – finding new solutions and forging new relationships.
Understanding what is around the corner has never been more important, and SPECS' forward-thinking approach helps retailers keep their finger on the pulse of industry trends and topics that transform how to build and run stores. A packed slate of workshops, educational opportunities, round-tables and panel presentations covers a wide range of emerging and evolving issues that are impacting brick-and-mortar stores. Sessions range from case studies and best practices, to strategies and tactics that can make an impression and help tell a story, to practical lessons and operational basics, to must-see innovations and information about big new ideas and technologies that are having an impact on the industry.
SPECS is a high networking event, with an abundance of one-to-one exchanges that present an opportunity to make meaningful and lasting connections with high-level decision-makers across the industry. Everyone benefits from the face-to-face retailer-supplier interactions, three packed days of rich content including breakout sessions and top-tier keynote and Main Stage addresses, the solution-centric exhibit floor and memorable evening receptions.
With its laser focus on brick-and-mortar, SPECS is clearly at the Forefront of Physical Retail, presenting a forum designed to not just accommodate, but cultivate, relationship-building and problem-solving.
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